UCL: Benfica: 1 Beşiktaş: 1

Updated: September 13, 2016

The Black Eagles made their return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2009/10 season and did so with a positive result thanks to a late free-kick goal from Anderson Talisca.

Beşiktaş started off the match winning the battle for midfield, but no real danger was created within the opening ten minutes of the match. In the 12th minute Marcelo misjudged a long ball from Benfica which allowed Benfica to capitalized via Gonçalo Guedes, he drilled in a low hard cross which at the near post which Tolga fmubled, allowing Franco Cervi to tap in the easy opening goal: 1-0 to Benfica after just 12 minutes.

Vincent Aboubakar got his first start for the Black Eagles, perhaps the biggest surprise in the starting lineup tonight?

Vincent Aboubakar got his first start for the Black Eagles, perhaps the biggest surprise in the starting lineup tonight?

Oğuzhan seemed to pick up an injury during the first half and Anderson Talisca was instructed to start warming up midway through the first half.

Neither side managed to create much danger in the remainder of the first half, Benfica decided to sit back a bit and pray on mistakes of the Black Eagles but fortunately those didn’t happen. Benfica 1-0 up at halftime.

During the break it became clear that Oğuzhan Özyakup could not continue and he was replaced with Anderson Talisca – who is on loan from Benfica.

Talisca immediatly impacted the game and Beşiktaş looked a lot more dangerous in right off the bat. Talisca added physical presence in the final third and clearly weighed on the Benfica defense and midfield.

After 56 minutes it looked like Beşiktaş had earned themselves a penalty after Anderson Talisca seemed to have been brought down in the box, but referee Mazic waved away the protest.

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Just past the hour mark a good looking combination by the Black Eagles ended in a flat shot from Talisca that was easily gathered by Benfica’s goalkeeper Ederson.

Şenol Güneş took off Adriano in the 63rd minute and put on an extra forward with Cenk Tosun in an attempt to push for the equalizer.

Cenk addition to the team added further pressure on Benfica and in the 74th minute he almost pulled the scores level after an excellent one-two with Vincent Aboubakar in the penalty area, but Cenk blasted the chance wide of target.

Ricardo Quaresma was sent through on goal after a long ball from Caner took a deflection a few minutes later but Benfica’s goalkeeper did very well rushing out of goal and clearing the ball just before Quaresma could get to it, the collision between the two was rather hard and Quaresma stayed down for a while needing to receive some treatment in order to continue.

The collision seemingly shook up Quaresma a bit as he decided to go dribbling in his own half in the 84th minute, he lost the ball while put under pressure gifting the 2-0 on a silver platter to the hosts but Tolga Zengin made an excellent save and kept the Black Eagles in it.

Anderson Talisca scored a goal that will be remembered for many years to come, a clinical free-kick in the third minute of extra time!

Anderson Talisca scored a goal that will be remembered for many years to come, a clinical free-kick in the third minute of extra time!

In the first minute of extra time Benfica goalkeeper Ederson seemingly saved the 3 points for the hosts with two heroic saves as he denied Atiba Hutchinson initally following a Caner Erkin free-kick and did well once again on the resulting corner to keep his team 1-0 up.

But in the third of four minutes added on the Black Eagles were awarded a freekick following a handsball, a good 25 meters out. Anderson Talisca stepped up and rifled in the equalizer to secure a point for Beşiktaş: 1-1 after 93 minutes which was also the final score as nothing of note happened following the equalizer.

It seems like one of the unwritten rules in football that the player on loan should score such a crucial goal against his previous employers. Beşiktaş have a two year loan deal with him, but will they ever be able to purchase him outright for the steep option that was included in his contract?

Beşiktaş start off their 2016/17 Champions League campaign on a positive note with a point in a difficult away goal, a result many fans would probably have signed for had you told them a week ago. But given the injury woes Benfica had, should the Black Eagles consider this as a missed opportunity to really take a flying start in this group?

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Stadium: Estádio da Luz

Official: Milorad Mazic

Benfica XI: Ederson Moraes; Álex Grimaldo – Lisandro Lopez – Victor Lindelöf – Nélson Semedo;  Ljubomir Fejsa (88′ Guillermo Celis) – André Horta – Pizzi – Franco Cervi (70′ Andreas Samaris) – Eduardo Salvio; Gonçalo Guedes

Reserves: Julio Cesar, Luisão, Andreas Samaris, André Carrillo, José Gomez, André Almeida, Guillermo Celis

Head coach: Rui Vitoria

Beşiktaş XI: Tolga Zengin; Andreas Beck – Marcelo Guedes – Dusko Tosić- Adriano Correia (63′ Cenk Tosun); Gökhan İnler – Atiba Hutchinson – Oğuzhan Özyakup (46′ Anderson Talisca); Ricardo Quaresma – Caner Erkan – Vincent Aboubakar (81′ Olcay Şahan)

Reserves: Fabricio Ramirez, Gökhan Gönül, Luiz Rhodolfo, Cenk Tosun, Olcay Şahan, Anderson Talisca

Head coach: Şenol Güneş

Goals: Cervi (12′), Anderson Talisca (90+3′)

Yellow cards: Andreas Samaris (78′), Eduardo Salvio (87′), Caner Erkin (87′), Andreas Beck (88′)

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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